Bills Music Shelf.com and Mel Bay.com have an intriguing book with the publication of Jim Carlton's fine collection of conversations with jazz and studio guitarists. The information is both interesting and educational and most certainly entertaining.
The guitarists are all top-notch and the reader will find many new and old faces in this collection. Among the numerous fine guitarists in the book are such individuals as Al Caiola Barry Zweig Bucky Pizzarelli Carlos Barbosa-Lima Eddie Duran John Pisano Ted Greene to mention but a few. There are also photos of the guitarists with each conversation.
Examining one individual gives the reader a feel for the tone of the book Al Caiola is perfectly frank with each question given to him. He has an ongoing association with singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme which has lasted 28 years and a career that is considered one of memorable performances and public successes as a solo artist. Caiola discusses the guitars he has used his techniques for fingering and chord innovations and his love of the guitar as an instrument for sharing music. He shares with the reader the legend of his two best remembered massive hit songs "Bonanza" and "The Magnificent Seven." Al Caiola like the many other guitarists in Jim Carlton's book opens up and shares memories guitar techniques and styles their personal lives and talks about the people they performed with. Each artist talks openly about what jazz guitar is and is meant to be and how it continues to evolve in the world of music.
Any guitarist seriously interested in what and how jazz guitar came to evolve will want to have this book for the home library. As a reference work it is remarkable for its in-depth look at these great artists.
Highly recommended for personal use reference and to have in your local public library. This is a fine book a book worth having!Jim Carlton's 22 interviews will delight the reading audience and will encourage readers to learn more about the world of jazz guitar.